Eric S. Johnson, MBBS, PhD, MPH, DTPH


Professor, Department of Epidemiology


Contact Information

Office: COPH 6223
Phone: 501-526-6675


1984 – PhD (Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa)
1978 – MPH, Harvard University
1972 – DTPH (Tropical Public Health), University of London
1970 – MB;BS, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England

Research Interest

Cancer etiology; oncogenic viruses; chemical carcinogens; biomarkers; environmental contaminants; occupational studies

Current Research Projects

Case-cohort study of cancers in excess in poultry workers (NIH) (5RO1OH009572 – NIOSH) 09/01/11 – 08/31/16

Preliminary studies on the molecular detection of infection with food animal oncogenic viruses (UAMS)

Selected Publications

Johnson ES, Choi K-M. Lung cancer risk in workers in the meat and poultry industries – a review. Zoonoses & Public Health, 2012; 59: 303-313

Felini MJ, Johnson ES, Preacely N, Sarda V, Bangara S, Ndetan H. A pilot case-cohort study of liver & pancreatic cancers in poultry & control workers. Ann Epidemiol 2011; 21(10:755-766.

Johnson ES. Cancer Mortality in Workers Employed in Cattle, Pigs, and Sheep Slaughtering & Processing Plants. Environ Int. DOI:10.1016/j.envint.2011.03.014. 2011; 37: 950-959

Johnson ES, Ndetan H. Non-cancer Mortality in Poultry Slaughtering/Processing Plant Workers Belonging to a Union Pension Fund. Environ Int. Published electronically DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2010.09.007 37:322-327

Johnson ES, Langard S, Lin Y-S. A critique of benzene exposure in the general population. Sci Tot Environ 374:183-198, 2007

Johnson ES, Halabi S, Netto G, Lucier G, Bechtold W, Henderson R. Detection of low level benzene in supermarket wrappers by urinary muconic acid. Biomarkers 4(2): 106-117, 1999.

Johnson ES, Overby L, Philpot R. Detection of antibodies to avian leukosis/sarcoma viruses (ALSV) and reticuloendotheliosis viruses (REV) in humans, by West Blot assay. Cancer Det Prev 1995;19(6):472-486.

Johnson ES. Poultry Oncogenic Retroviruses and Human Cancer. Cancer Detect Prev 18(1): 9-30, 1994.

Johnson ES. TCDD carcinogenicity in humans. Environ Health Perspect 102 (10): 814-815, 1994.

Johnson ES. Bias on withdrawing lost subjects from the analysis at the time of loss, in cohort mortality studies, and in follow-up methods. J Occup Med 32(3):250-254,1990.

Johnson ES. Duration of exposure as a surrogate for dose in the examination of dose-response relations. Brit J Ind Med 43:427-429, 1986